The media mogul and one of the front line aspirants for the office of National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) High Chief Raymond Alegho Dokpesi has debunked insinuations that he has succumbed to pressure to step down for another aspirant.
In a statement signed on his behalf by Ide Eguabor on Thursday in Abuja, Dokpesi said he is still in the race, insisting that he remains a candidate to beat in the December 9 national convention.
The aspirant maintained that the era of impunity and imposition of candidate is over while challenging all aspirants to test their popularity before the delegates.
Making further clarifications, Eguabor said, “It has come to my attention and that of the Raymond Dokpesi campaign organization that speculations are rife to the effect that our Principal Dr. Raymond Dokpesi has succumbed to political pressure and agreed to drop out of the race for the office of the national chairman of our great party.
“Nothing can indeed be further from the truth. Chief Dokpesi is not only a front runner but remains the aspirant to beat at the convention grounds on Saturday.
“We urge teeming members and party delegates to the disregard and ignore such cheap and diversionary antics aimed at causing I’ll wind in the PDP.
“Chief Dokpesi will not step down and those who wish so are advised to redirect their energies to campaigns that will benefit their aspirants rather dissipate positive energy in negative direction” he maintained
The media Chief added that the PDP’s national convention is very unique because it is the first effort by the party since inception at entrenching an internal democractic process that will lead deepen democracy.
“Let him who is running behind in this race remain behind or run faster than the man in front. The impunity and imposition of the past has long gone out of fashion.
“The delegates will decide every contestants faith and we should all agree to abide and accept by the convention decision. Only the process must be free, fair and credible” Eguabor stated.
The PDP national convention will take place on Saturday in a keenly contest delegates elections with eight aspirants including Dokpesi vying for the position of the national chairman.
Myke Uzendu, Abuja